WhatsApp users warned as sneaky voicemail virus steals data from 27,000 people
WhatsApp users are being warned to look out for a dodgy email cyber attack which targets victims with a convincing 'voicemail message'.
An email mimicking a WhatsApp voice message notification promises recipients a 'New Incoming Voice Message' has arrived.
Using the same green colour scheme as the WhatsApp app interface, it invites victims to click 'Play' on a link to listen to a new voicemail message.
However, this link directs users to a page that attempts to install a Trojan horse virus. You'll be asked to click 'allow' "to confirm that you are not a robot" on a legitimate-seeming link.
Doing so will allow the virus to bypass your device's security and infect your system with something called InfoStealer malware.
InfoStealer can monitor your keystrokes and harvest screenshots of your private data, including banking and card details, photographs, messages and more. All this could be used to steal your identity.
According to cybersecurity experts Armorblox, the attack originates from an email domain linked directly to the Russian government.
Unless a voice message comes via your phone or a trusted contact on the WhatsApp app itself, it's best not to click any links from someone you don't know.
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WhatsApp users are also being warned about some of the app's strict rules which you could easily fall foul of and be banned.
If you don't log into WhatsApp often enough, the app will assume that your account is inactive and disable it or even delete it.
Similarly, WhatsApp doesn't take kindly to people using knock-off versions of the app.
A number of third-party WhatsApp clones let you use the messaging service along with a few additional unique features.
These include names like WhatsApp Plus and GBWhatsApp. However, using these with your phone number could get you removed from the service entirely.
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